04/19/2012 10:16AM

2012 Kentucky Derby: Pletcher may shift Gemologist's work


BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Todd Pletcher has scheduled Gemologist’s first work since his victory in the Grade 1 Wood for Sunday morning at Palm Meadows but could be forced to call an audible and move the drill up at least one day with rain in the forecast for all of south Florida this weekend.

Pletcher also said he has yet to commit to a rider for El Padrino should the Risen Star winner make it into the Derby field. El Padrino, who is also slated to work Sunday at Palm Meadows, is 22nd on the graded earnings list. The top 20 entrants by graded earnings will be allowed to run if the Derby overfills, as expected.

“I’ve made some calls trying to see who might be available but we don’t have anybody lined up yet,” Pletcher said on Thursday.

Among the horses ahead of El Padrino on the graded earnings list is Triniberg, who is scheduled to work at Calder on Friday morning, after which his connections said they would make a final decision on whether to run him next in the Derby or the Derby Trial.